Auckland

Rufus was ridiculous - but the Arts Festival's final weekend is looking mighty fine

The Spinoff Auckland editor Simon Wilson loathed Wednesday night's Rufus Wainwright concert. But onwards: this weekend at the Auckland Arts Festival looks to be full of wonders.

Goff is headed for his first major defeat, and it's over the bed tax

Mayor Phil Goff is likely to lose the vote at council for one of his signature policies: the "bed tax that isn't a bed tax", otherwise known as the targeted accommodation rate he wants to charge hotels and motels. It will be embarrassing for him and, far worse, it'll put a $30 million hole in his budget.

Race and renting in Auckland

With the mismatch between supply and demand in some of New Zealand's main centres, finding a safe, secure rental is hard for anyone of limited means. But the ugly truth is that it is often that much harder for Pasifika and Māori.